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Animal Control Facility


Budget: $80,000
Activated: 09/01/2021
Deadline: 10/15/2021
Call Summary
Odessa Arts, in conjunction with the City of Odessa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece for the new animal control facility. This piece will be funded through the City’s Percent for Art ordinance and become an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection. 
Budget Description
The budget is derived from the CIty’s percent for art ordinance and covers all project related costs including (but not limited to): project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting, travel to complete the artwork, shipping, delivery of artwork to site, and installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.
Project Description
In July 2021, the City of Odessa broke ground on a new, state of the art animal control facility to replace the current aging facility. The new facility will focus on animal well being, and encouraging the community to adopt.
The artwork should reflect a sense of joy and happiness, welcoming visitors to the shelter. It should also be a source of comfort and pride to the animal control staff, many of whom work long stressful hours with animals in distress.
Artwork Goals
The Public Art Committee seeks works by professional artists to add to and integrate with the City of Odessa and its growing collection of public art. In addition to the goals stated above, the art should also:
Meet the needs of the community
Reflect a quality that will engage the community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa to the external art community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa, making it an Arts destination
Allow the community to use the artwork as an example of exceptional public art
Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain
Artwork Location Description
The new shelter will be located near the intersection of 42nd Street and Golder Avenue, next door to the current location. The shelter will be 20,538 sq ft and will house 231 kennels for cats and dogs. The shelter will have a staff of 9-12 employees.
This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar projects. All media will be considered. A professional artist is defined as a skilled practitioner in the original arts with an original self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional processing serious intent and ability. Subcontracts may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation including but not limited to: construction, fabrication and assembly for portions of a finished product under the direct supervision and control of an artist. Applications not meeting eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. All applications MUST be submitted though No email or mailed applications will be accepted.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee to ensure that each application is legible, complete, and meets all requirements. The pool will be narrowed to three finalists who will be asked to created a proposal. Selection committee will recommend commission to full Public Art Advisory Committee. Commission will then be approved by Odessa City Council.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
Artist merit and technical expertise
Demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope
Ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for qualifications
RFQ released: September 1, 2021
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2021
Finalists notified: November 30, 2021
Commission Awarded: January 15, 2021
Additional Resources
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Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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